Bio

     The Rev. Donald U. Thursby (Don, Rev. Don) is starting his tenth year of service as the Stated Supply Pastor at AHP. He officially began work here on October 1, 2009. He lives fulltime in the trailer on site where he is available by phone (985-259-0764 cell) and via email for emergencies ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

     Rev. Don is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. He's the second of six children. He spent his high school and college years in Lincoln, Nebraska. He attended seminary in New Jersey where he met Barbara, his wife and colleague, in ministry. They have one adult son, Ben, who currently works fulltime as the Captain of the St. Mary Police Department in St. Mary, Kansas. Don and Barbara have two granddaughters, Mackenzie and Abigail.

     In terms of ministry, most of Rev. Don's experience has been in small church revitalization and redevelopment. He has served congregations ranging from eighteen to eight hundred members in West Virginia, Western New York, Missouri, Eastern Nebraska and now South Louisiana. He has been a Co-Pastor, a solo Pastor, an Interim Associate Pastor and briefly an Interim Head of Staff. Most recently, he was the part-time Temporary Supply Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Tecumseh, Nebraska while doing secular work for the phone company and serving as a "temp". For seventeen years, he was a Chaplain in the Civil Air Patrol, the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. For seven years, he served as a member of the Palmyra, Nebraska Volunteer Fire Department.

     Don has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in History and minoring in Vocal Music. His Master of Divinity degree is from Princeton Theological Seminary with an emphasis in counseling, including a certified unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. He has taken additional masters and doctoral level courses at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Saint Bonaventure University and the Saint Paul School of Theology. He has listening skills certification, various diplomas through the Civil Air Patrol and other training related to ministry, chaplaincy and church transformation. He has completed both training weeks as an interim minister.

     In his spare time, Don is an active member of the Presbytery of South Louisiana, currently serving as Moderator of the Committee on Representation, a member of the Synod Committee on Representation, the Synod Nominating Committee and as Vice President of the Westminster Foundation as well as a member of its local Senior housing board. He has served as a member of Council, two terms as Cluster Moderator and as Moderator of the Sessions of the Covington Presbyterian Church and the Northminster Presbyterian Church in Pearl River. He does some volunteer work as a chaplain at North Oaks Hospital in Hammond. He spends his off days and free time reading, walking, watching sports and old movies, dabbling in coin collecting (silver dollars) thinking about fishing and golf, being a house husband and grandparent and watching out for a dog, Molly, and three cats - Miss Gracie, the official Church Cat, and Mrs. Big Head (indoors) and Feather (outdoors), plus a twenty-two year-old ball python snake named Sammie (also indoors in an aquarium).